Duble Salih
  • country:Türkiye
  • style(s):Folk, Alternative
  • label:Self managed
  • type:Duo
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:vocal, string
  • artist posted by:Caféturc Music & Arts

Line up

  • Salih Korkut Peker (cümbüş, guitar, vocals)
  • Salih Nazım Peker (divane, kopuz, cura, vocals)


Alternative Folk


With vocals and contemporary string instruments – “cümbüş” and “divane” – the acoustic duo DUBLE SALIH stages the intimate atmosphere of Aegean Sea’s taverns.

DUBLE SALIH perform folk tunes from Anatolia (Turkey) and Rumelia (Greece) in innovative interpretations combining traditional performances with rebetiko, flamenco, blues and bluegrass elements. The two Salihs reveal themselves to each other, converse, and immerse us in the atmosphere of the "cabarets" of Istanbul and Athens, Izmir and Thessaloniki.


Two Salihs and a double raki

Meaning double in Turkish, “Double” refers to the two musicians named alike, and to the raki, this emblematic beverage of taverns in Turkey and Greece, that one traditionally orders in double dose.


Two contemporary string instruments

Cümbüş. Zeynel Abidin Bey, a gunsmith and luthier from Skopje (Macedonia), invented the instrument inspired by the banjo and the oud, in 1930, in Istanbul. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk named it cümbüş, meaning “movement” or “musical entertainment”. Thanks to his metal body and skin sound board, this instrument can produce more volume and resonance than its cousins like oud or bağlama (saz). With its removable and adjustable neck, cümbüş is very easy to transport ; which explains why the instrument rapidly spread in Thrace and Anatolia and is now fully adopted in many cities.

Divane has been designed by electrical engineer Yavuz Gül, in the early 2000’s. He was searching for an instrument combining the bağlama (saz) playing technique and the thick-bass sounds of the lavta (Turkish microtonal fretted lute). The design and shape of divane reminds bağlama but bridge, machine heads and balcony system are totally different. It has also unique wounded, specially made strings. Divane has quickly drawn interest with its bass and rich sound, especially in Western Anatolia.


Recent and upcoming concerts:

Istanbul Jazz Festival, Route (Ankara), Matrix Rotterdam (Netherlands), BRDCST Festival (Belgium), De Centrale (Belgium) …